Abbaye de Corbie

Initially, the top of the Somme valley stood a fort. From 657, it was transformed into Abbey by Queen Bathilde, mother of the Frankish King Clotaire III. She educated monks train in order to develop the most important part of the monastery: monks workshop scribes, also known scriptorium. It helped preserve many ancient texts with a copy job and a special writing was developed in this building. It is these activities that gave the Abbey of Corbie an important political and cultural force.

However it was partially destroyed by fire following an attack of the Vikings, and then rebuilt. In the seventeenth century, some books have been transferred to other libraries and were destroyed.

Today we can count about two hundred books copied by the monks of the Abbey of Corbie, which have been preserved.

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